A lighter rivet gun?

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addaon

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In building a design that uses exclusively blind rivets, I've learned two things about the $100 hydraulic rivet sold by Aircraft Spruce: it works amazingly well, and the ergonomic suck. My two complaints are that the weight of the hydraulic chamber at the bottom is quite awkward, and that my pinky inevitably rests right over the exhaust port... neither a critical failure, but I wouldn't mind something without those problems.

In random internet searches, I've discovered the Huck AK175 tool... which looks like it might do the job. It's ~$350, so not exactly cheap, but if it's a decent tool it's not unreasonable. Anyone use one? Thoughts? Know the difference between the different models (AK175A, AK175I, etc)?

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A plug for ARO air tools , might be worth looking up --made in Bryan Ohio , my old 'hometown' in the US (they use all aluminium bodies and are well made )
 

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Yeah.... Late last night I was cutting a series of 3" lightening holes in 5/8 plywood (non-airplane) and periodically the drill would bind and try to torque itself out of my hands, and try to take a couple of fingers along for the ride. My carpal tunnels are not happy today...
 
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